Carl Brockelmann

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Brockelmann, Carl


Born Sept. 17, 1868, in Rostock; died May 6, 1956, in Halle. German orientalist. Worked in the areas of Oriental history, the history of Arabic literature, and Semitic studies.

From 1900 to 1923, Brockelmann was a professor at the universities of Breslau, Königsberg, Halle, and Berlin; from 1923 to 1936 at the University of Breslau; and from 1946 at the University of Halle (German Democratic Republic). Brockelmann’s major work was the bibliographical reference work History of Arabic Literature (vols. 1-2, 1898-1902), a summary of materials on Arab and Arabic-speaking poets, writers, and scholars and of their works from the sixth to the 20th centuries. His History of Muslim Peoples and Governments (1939) also contains much factual information.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur, 2nd ed., vols. 1-2. Leiden, 1943-49.
Supplementbände 1-3. Leiden, 1937-42.
Arabische Grammatik, 16th ed. Leipzig, 1965.
Syrische Grammatik. Leipzig, 1965.
Geschichte der islamischen Völker und Staaten. Munich-Berlin, 1939.


Krachkovskii, I. Iu. Izbr. soch., vol. 2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1956. Pages 543-47.
Spies, O. Verzeichnis der Schriften von Carl Brockelmann. Leipzig, 1938.
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